We sailed on the sloop John B.,
My gran'pappy and me,
Round Nassau town we did roam,
Drinking all night,
We got in a fight
I feel so break-up I want to go home.
So hoist up the John B.'s sails,
See how the main sail's set,
Send for the Captain ashore, let me go home.
O let me go home,
Please let me go home.
I feel so break up, I want to go home.
Poor cook, he got the fits.
Throw 'way all th grits,
Then he took up and eat all o' my corn.
Let me go home,
I want to go home,
I feel so break-up, I want to go home.
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Source: Singing Together, Summer 1977, BBC Publications
Listed as "West Indies".